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THIS JUST IN: Brett Rattner has resigned as producer of the Oscar telecast after his gay slur this weekend at a Q&A. So we don't even need to link you to Mark Harris's sharp opinion piece about why they should fire him. Good. Let us wash our hands of this one and move on... although I'm still more worried about him ruining Wicked for all time than ruining the Oscars for one year. The Oscars survive everything.

Coming Soon we're going to get a youth-centric fictional film about the adventures of the young Leonardo da Vinci.
Hollywood Reporter interviews the recipients of the upcoming honorary Oscars including Her Oprahness 
Tom and Lorenzo object to this new pictorial of Chloe Moretz
VGL Bruce Weber shoots Weekend star Tom Cullen (left). I think this is the most clothed I've ever seen a Weber shoot but beautiful pics. I hope Cullen and co-star Chris New have the offers rolling in now. (For movies, not more photoshoots!)
Buzz Feed speaking of photoshoots -- that's three links in a row. it's all about eye candy today I guess -- here's Jonathan Lipnicki the tiny tot from Jerry Maguire more than all grown up.
Empire Stephen King's bizarre "Rose Madder" novel is coming to the screen with Naomi Sheridan (In America) winning screenplay duties.

Deadline an AbFab movie to follow three television specials. Patsy and Edina will live forever
Rookie Magazine Really really fantastic interview with Joss Whedon on his Shakespeare movie Much Ado About Nothing (see previous post), The Avengers, his fascination with tough and capable teenage girlsand how Wonder Woman was a bit Angelina Jolie-ish.
Twitch Film first stills from Rodrigo Cortes Buried follow up, a thriller called Red Lights with Cillian Murphy. Robert DeNiro, Sigourney Weaver and Elizabeth Olsen co-star. 
i09 has clips from Arthur Christmas, one of our animated feature contenders, and they label it "kind of fun" 

Quote of the Day from Vanity Fair

We’ve finally answered the question, ‘Apples or oranges?’.”

The opening of David Fincher's unused Best Director acceptance speech earlier this year. Ha! Perfection. I didn't think I could love him more but I was wrong. Aaron Sorkin wrote the article that's attached to so, duh, it's a great read.

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I loved ROSE MADDER (at least the first half). I'd *love* to see JANE CAMPION direct and any of the following to star

“Rose Daniels”: Amy Adams, Embeth Davidtz, Rachel Weisz, Maria Bello, Jessica Chastain

“Norman Daniels”: my beloved Clive Owen, Jeremy Renner, Peter Sarsgaard, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin (eh, too close to home?)

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Steinke


Read it and weep.

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

is jonathan lipnicki going the corbin fisher route?

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBilly

I second the Rose Madder love. The book is pretty weird, but I'm really excited for this.

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Those Tom Cullen shots are totally WOOF! Too bad he is the straight one!

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSean

As precision sharp David Fincher films are, not enough attention is paid to how physically attractive he is. If he wanted to be in a solid same sex relationship the prior knowledge of him being the director of several Madonna videos would only be icing on the cake of his good looks.

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter//3rtful

/3rtful -- lol. i think there were rumors of involvement with Madonna at the time. though i don't believe them. i have asked Madonna experts and NO ONE has photographs of them together .... even on set! I've wanted one forever for variosu articles.

November 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Did you know he's the original director hired for "Truth or Dare"? He even shot some footage before leaving the project.

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter//3rtful

I still can't wrap my mind around Ratner doing "Wicked". But then, I still can't wrap my mind around Ratner, period. And I really don't want to, except that he's a jack*** with a microphone.

Re: the "young Leonardo" project - am I the only one becoming bored by this theme in our movies, etc - "reimaging them when they were young!" (The Star Trek reboot seems especially egregious - at the time, they were young, relatively speaking! What next, a prequel in which Spock and Kirk are separated at birth? Star Trek: The Foetus?)

I know we worship youth today to the exclusion of everything else except money (in this case, the money from their parents and the stuff they buy with it), but young people are rarely that inherently INTERESTING, IMO. It's life experience, hard-fought and hard-won, that makes people interesting, the way a man OR woman's face becomes more compelling when graced with a few "flaws". (Of course, it's always easier to appreciate those "flaws" on someone else than oneself.)

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

I fully believe that the Academy fired Brett Ratner. The "resign" speak is just for all involved to save face. But it's high time that douchebag got put in his place. What he said needed to have consequences, and hopefully those consequences will be far-reaching. "Tower Heist" being a turd is icing on the cake.

Now what about Eddie Murphy? Isn't the only reason he signed on was b/c of Ratner? They need to get Bill Condon to produce again. That's perfect for the "Dreamgirls" connection and for the year he produced many calling the best in years (which I'll always love for the five past winners welcoming the new winner innovation). I have a morbid curiosity in seeing Murphy host, so I kind of hope he sticks it out. But if not him, I say give Billy Crystal another shot at it. And if he can do a jab at Ratner on the telecast, all the better.

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSebastian

@ Sebastian: the "resign" mumbo-jumbo may save Ratner's from a smidgeon of embarrassment (ok not really, we see through it) but does it save AMPAS? It makes them look a tiny bit chicken-shit (we're offended by this but are not going to risk offending anyone else by admitting we're offended.) Unless it's for the reasons used by former employer of mine: everything is smoothed over, no one looks the bad guy, no one gets sued if it's "mutual parting", and the employee probably can't collect unemployment comp (not an issue in this instance, of course.)

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

And now Eddie Murphy's out! Hahaha! This is priceless!. Where is everybody?

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Jonathan Lipnicki's jewish? Who knew!

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

"Who knew!"

Fuck you.

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrie
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